General Assembly Looks To Prevent Human Trafficking

Proponents of the bill hope to have it in place by the time the Superbowl arrives in Indy.

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Governor Daniels says the Superbowl increases the amount of human trafficking.

With the Super Bowl less than two months away, a bill to close gaps in Indiana’s human trafficking statute is on a fast track.

Attorneys general across the country have focused their attention on human trafficking in the last several months. And Governor Mitch Daniels says the presence of the Super Bowl shines a spotlight on Indiana.

“The single worst location and occurrence for this exploitation,” he says, “is the Super Bowl.”

The bill aims to close three loopholes in current law. Currently state statute only prohibits forced marriage and prostitution, but the new measure would bar arrangement of any forced sex act.

State law also does not specifically prohibit arranging prostitution by a minor if the minor consents…and only parents and guardians are barred from arranging prostitution by their own children.

The bill would expand current statute to prohibit anyone from arranging prostitution by a minor. Logansport Republican Senator Randy Head is the primary sponsor of the bill.

“It’s important that we get this bill through both chambers and onto the governor’s desk before all the tourists for the Super Bowl get here,” he says.

A Senate committee will hear the bill on the first day of session in January in order to help expedite the process.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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